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Old 08-09-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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Coco worm not coming out....

My coco worm which I've had for 3 weeks and seemed to be doing well suddenly has stop coming out. It's been about a day that it hasn't come out. Is this normal for them? Thank you.
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It may have shed it's crown, You may want to keep it around Because it will grow a new one!
Give it a week or two, patients
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Thanks I will be patient. I just hope it's eating. If it shed a crown would I be able to see it in the tank?
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Thanks I will be patient. I just hope it's eating. If it shed a crown would I be able to see it in the tank?
If the filters that can get it yeah
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Coco worms being in their tube for too long or shedding their crown is a sign of stress. I'd watch for things picking on it, shift in parameters, flow issues. These guys have a high mortality rate and can be difficult to keep, basicaly almost needing target fed to give them the amount of food they need, but this can cause parameter issues which will then stress the worm... Quite the double edged sword for such a beautiful worm.

I feel that an established tank that has stabilized and has the ability to support a mandarin is on the same lines as a coco worm. Roughly should be able to give it the food it needs.
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Thanks sniper. I am afraid it doesn't eat enough but every time I try to target feed it, it rushing back into its tube. Really the only food it gets is when I feed the fish and some particles of food float its way.
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What are you trying to feed it? They don't eat large food like your fish, they eat miniscule things from the water column. Stole this from another site regarding their feeding.

Although Coco Worms subsist mainly on bacteria and organic matter produced within the aquarium they will benefit from supplemental feedings of marine snow, phytoplankton, and/or foods for filter feeders.
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Yea I soak my food. Then the liquid which has small dissolved pieces of food particles I put in a baster and feed that. It was looking great for awhile. Now all of a sudden it's not coming out. Today either so far.
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Yea I soak my food. Then the liquid which has small dissolved pieces of food particles I put in a baster and feed that. It was looking great for awhile. Now all of a sudden it's not coming out. Today either so far.
If it did shed it's crown you will see the worm most likely only at night time till its crown has grown a bit
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Disolving food isn't the same as supplementing with food for filter feeders.
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